The Plague Dogs

The Plague Dogs

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by Richard Adams
     
 

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Snitter and Rowf, escapees from a vivisection lab, make for the desolate heaths and the windy countryside of England's Lake District. There, aided by a crafty fox, they raid chicken coops, kill sheep and forage for sustenance. They hide in abandoned caves and mine shafts.

Local farmers, incensed by their losses, set traps and organize hunts. A reporter announces

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Snitter and Rowf, escapees from a vivisection lab, make for the desolate heaths and the windy countryside of England's Lake District. There, aided by a crafty fox, they raid chicken coops, kill sheep and forage for sustenance. They hide in abandoned caves and mine shafts.

Local farmers, incensed by their losses, set traps and organize hunts. A reporter announces that Snitter and Rowf may be carrying bubonic plague. Panic follows. The hunt intensifies, driving the dogs deeper into a wilderness bereft of hope.

"Part marvelous adventure, part diatribe against those who torture animals. An excellent drama." (Newsweek)

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Library Journal
Adams's third novel, published in 1977, is a rewarding but long and difficult listen. Two tortured dogs, Snitter and Rowf, manage to escape from Animal Research, Scientific and Experimental (ARSE), and cause mayhem throughout England's Lake District, surviving in the rugged and hostile yet human-controlled environment. The work is excellently read by Ralph Cosham, who adds several British local dialects—some difficult to understand—to his interpretations of human and animal characters. Overall, this is a witty tale of adventure and longing that suffers somewhat from viscerally brutal descriptions of torture and the lingering effects of vivisection (brain surgery). Along with showing disdain for animal research, Adams also heaps scorn on British politics, governmental obstructionism, bureaucracy, the tabloid press, and at least some British women. Strange poetry and animal "songs" also show up. Recommended with reservations; strictly for adults!—Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449211823
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1986
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.92(h) x 1.05(d)

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